Grains (especially ancient grains) have received quite a bit of attention over the past few years. They’re becoming more and more popular for their great nutrient profile including fiber, minerals, protein, and versatility in the kitchen.
Plus, they can be used on their own as a side, mixed into a salad or bowl, or even in a stuffed pepper — making it super easy to add to most meals! Grains are an awesome staple to not only have stocked in your pantry but also to have in your recipe box.
But are you getting bored with your go-to grain option?
Here are a few different types of grains to try as a way to mix it up and how to cook them!
How To Cook Grains
The only problem with grains is that they can be a bit confusing to cook. Almost every grain requires a different ratio of grain to water in addition to simmer time, which can quickly become overwhelming.
Here we’ll discuss all the nitty-gritty details on cooking grains so you feel confident enough to tackle them at home on your own.
Step 1: Rinse Your Grains
This first step is more important for food safety and taste than anything else.
Rinsing your grains before cooking them first helps to remove any dirt or excess starch that may be present on the outer layer. Depending on the particular grain, it may also help remove any unfavorable flavors.
Quinoa, for example, has an outer coating called saponin.